May 18, 2024

Edo Guber: Idahosa Back To APC, Says He Regret Supporting Obaseki

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By Simeon OSAJIE

A former member of the Board of Trustees (BoT)  of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State, Charles Idahosa today Monday 13th May, 2024 announced his resignation from the PDP, saying he regretted supporting Governor Godwin Obaseki four-year ago.

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Idahosa said his greatest regret is stopping Governor Godwin Obaseki from resigning in 2020 after he was frustrated out of the APC in his bid to seek reelection on the party’s platform.

Speaking to newsmen shortly after his declaration for the APC at his residence in Benin City, Idahosa said his return to the APC is homecoming.

The former Information Commissioner in Edo State said in 2020, the governor had cried to him over the ill-treatment meted on him by his predecessor and National chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole and was considering resigning.

Idahosa noted that Obaseki was at the verge of giving up to allow the APC to pick another governorship candidate, but he (Idahosa) encouraged him to keep hope alive and he personally fought the battle for the governor to win his reelection.

Idahosa however lamented that Obaseki utterances during the inauguration of the PDP Campaign Council for the 2024 election was heartless and uncomplimentary when he accused the defectors from PDP as having received huge sums of money before their defection.

The former PDP BoT member said he dumped the PDP because of what he described as the “damning deeds of the Obaseki-led administration in the last four years.”

While urging the Edo APC leadership to work in synergy ahead of the governorship election,  Idahosa said that the greatest misfortune to befall the APC is for Godwin Obaseki to install a successor.

Idahosa who pledged his support for the Governorship candidate of the APC, Senator Monday Okphebholo said street survival instinct not doctoral degrees (PhD) or big grammar is needed as a criteria for the next governor that will succeed Obaseki.

He urged Edo people and the APC to put the damning deeds of the Obaseki-led government of 4 years ago in the past and unite to stop the governor and the PDP governorship candidate from taking over the governance of the state in the September 21st governorship election.

He said, “Four years later, we are all wiser. I am back to the APC,  which is my family. It is homecoming for me and I am very comfortable.  At 71 , I am not going to be a threat to anybody. I am joing the APC to work. Nobody should  be afraid or scared that Charles Idahosa is joining the APC because I won’t be contesting any position. “

Idahosa said his support for Obaseki was regretted and vowed to give his all to ensure the APC wins the governorship election  in Uhunmwonde Local Government Council which is his local Government  Council  and Edo South Senatorial District, where he is a leader.

Earlier, the APC state secretary,  Lawrence Okah while receiving Idahosa into the party  said the former Member of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Charles Idahosa is a man of honour and a foundation member of the APC.

Among the leaders of the APC in attendance,  include Edo State APC Secretary, Lawrence Okah, former Deputy Governor of Edo State, Dr. Pius Odubu, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo South Senatorial District, Mr. Washington Osifo and Member representing
Orhionmwon/Uhunmwonde Federal Constituency, Billy Osawaru, among others,

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